Gladys May Ward

1894–1985 (Age 90)
Ridge Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States

The Life of Gladys May

When Gladys May Ward was born on 8 May 1894, in Ridge Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States, her father, Roscoe Porter Ward, was 26 and her mother, Clara A Plott, was 20. She married Ray Clinton Shaffer on 21 September 1912, in Wyandot, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Wharton, Richland Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States in 1900 and Richland Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States for about 30 years. She died on 12 April 1985, at the age of 90, and was buried in Wharton, Wyandot, Ohio, United States.

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Gladys May Ward
Ray Clinton Shaffer
Marriage: 21 September 1912
Raymond W. Shaffer
Eldon Shaffer
Wallace William Shaffer
Foster Glen Shaffer
Kenneth Shaffer
Crystal Shaffer
Calvin Clair Shaffer
Clara Louise Shaffer
Frederick E. Shaffer

Spouse & Children

21 September 1912
Wyandot, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 4

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 24

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).2 Irish: reduced form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.3 Surname adopted by bearers of the Jewish surname Warshawski, Warshawsky or some other Jewish name bearing some similarity to the English name.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • May Shafer in household of Ray Shafer, "United States Census, 1920"
  • May Ward in household of Roscoe P Ward, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Gladys M Ward in household of Rosco P Ward, "United States Census, 1900"

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